Nikki Hiltz

Ali on the Run Show Episode 294: Nikki Hiltz

“I used to think being vulnerable or authentic was weakness. Like, ‘Oh, don’t show that, don’t share your weaknesses.’ And then it’s like, wait a second, it’s the opposite. It takes great strength and bravery to live an authentic life.”

Nikki Hiltz returns to the Ali on the Run Show! This time around, Nikki — a professional 1500m runner for adidas — talks about her decision to prioritize her mental health this year instead of focusing on the track, and talks about what it means to her to be authentic. She reflects on her hugely successful Golden Coast Track Club Virtual Pride 5K, and talks about the impact of watching members of the LGBTQ+ community using that race to come out to their loved ones. Plus, Nikki explains her decision to leave Golden Coast Track Club, offers an update on her new coach, and tells us all about her girlfriend, fellow runner Emma Gee.

What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Nikki shares an update on her team affiliation and her coaching (3:25)
  • Nikki’s decision to prioritize her mental health this year (6:30)
  • Why Nikki loves the person she is becoming (17:15)
  • On authenticity (19:45)
  • Reflecting on the Golden Coast Track Club 5K (22:00)
  • All about Emma Gee, Nikki’s girlfriend (30:00)
  • Why Nikki is so passionate about getting people registered to vote (36:30)
  • How will Nikki know when it’s time to step back on the track? (38:30)

What we mention on this episode:

Nikki on Episode 188 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nikki on Episode 170 of the Ali on the Run Show

Ten Percent Happier

The Trevor Project

Myers-Briggs test (I’m ESFJ — The Consul!)

The 5 Love Languages (I’m words of affirmation!)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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